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Woodside wrestles with trail, road conflicts

Original post made on Apr 22, 2012

It's crowded on Woodside's roads, paths and trails. Cyclists, equestrians, pedestrians and motorists, residents and non-residents, contend sometimes for their right to proceed, whether to a beach, a park, a winding rural road, a garage, a parking space.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 19, 2012, 8:22 AM

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Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Don't disband what's working, said Alexis Bartlo, of the Livestock and Animal Control Committee, whose members are mostly equestrians. Equestrian concerns are the ones "most endangered when it comes to pragmatic solutions," she said.

In other words,"don't disband what's working for us"
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The lack of access for Mt Bike riders within any dirt trails in or above Woodside(Wunderlich,Phleger,Teague Hill+Huddart) is glaring testament to the equestrian communities iron fist control over publicly funded lands.
The failure of the Squealer Gulch trail specifically, a reasonable (in the fair mind) proposal that would have allowed bicyclists a non auto option of going from Woodside almost to Skyline blvd was shot down by the ever victimized equestrian community (etrac+whoa) .
Even though the Squealer Gulch trail did not cross 1 single trail within Huddart Park(its location is 100% on the south side of Kings Mt Rd)
The equestrian community within Woodside doesn't share,and they want to keep it that way.


Posted by Sharing, a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm

They share.

Poop.

And flies.

While atop easily spooked large animals that require others to take specific actions to not scare, like sudden movements or noise. Or heaven forbid, a new-fangled bicycle.


Posted by Faye Brophy, a resident of Woodside: Emerald Hills
on Apr 25, 2012 at 1:55 pm

Intelligent people object to being told 'half truths'. This person's comments on the proposed Mtn Biker's Squealer Gulch Trail was only partially accurate. The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, not 'the equestrians', blocked this trail's creation because of the safety concerns. While this trail did go up the south side of Huddart, up Kings Mtn Rd; it was to connect to the Skyline Trail. Most bikers would then want to go north at this point; this portion of Skyline Trail has very short lines of sight and 500+ft steep drop-off's which the Board wisely saw as a great potential for deadly accidents.


Posted by Dave Boyce, Almanac staff writer
on Apr 25, 2012 at 3:05 pm

Dave Boyce is a registered user.

In a conversation last night with a member of the Trails Committee, I was told that that liaison subcommittees from the Trails and Bicycle committees have addressed several issues over the past year or so.

Among them: smoothing the passage behind Roberts Market for bikes and horses, improving the trail between Roberts Market and Woodside Elementary School, and considering a stop sign at the intersection of Woodside and Whiskey Hill roads.


Posted by POGO, a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm

Equestrians and bike riders are Woodside's version of the Middle East.


Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 26, 2012 at 8:04 am

Claiming 1/2 truths by stating 0 truth is poor tact .
"While this trail did go up the south side of Huddart, up Kings Mtn Rd; it was to connect to the Skyline Trail."

No, the upper Squealer Gulch trail exits onto Kings Mt Rd almost directly across from the Archery Range (hairpin turn), well below the Skyline tr.(1/4 mile-ish, give or take) No proposal to link these 2 trails was proposed during the Haddart-Wunderlich trails master plan review .
The BOS was fed misleading +outright falsehoods from the Woodside Equine crowd before bowing to their shrill cacophony, the previous posters claims bear this out.


Posted by Community minded, a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 26, 2012 at 12:54 pm

The inflammatory nature of the comments from the mountain bicycle community as evidenced by "sharing" , "pogo" and the "neighbor from outside Woodside", who do not identify themselves, are exactly what turns off everyone who reads them, who then can unfortunately paint the entire bicycle community, including recreational road cyclists with a broad brush of negativity. The end result is not in the biking community's best interest in that you polarize the very people that you need to help find solutions, including the many pedestrians and hikers who don't want to meet people like you on the trails. The disrespect and insensitivity shown for any other opinion than yours do not foster solutions. By the way, there were 22 meetings of the San Mateo County blue ribbon community in which the minority were equestrians. Perhaps San Mateo County just did the right thing.


Posted by Mary Hall, a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 26, 2012 at 1:17 pm

WHOA! was not a member of the San Mateo County blue ribbon committee, so before accusing others of spreading falsehoods, "neighbor" might consider checking the facts.

In interest of completeness, MROSD accepts mountain bikes on the many thousands of acres around and above Woodside. You might visit their website to find some stunning trails to ride.


Posted by Sharing, a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 26, 2012 at 2:00 pm

"who do not identify themselves, are exactly what turns off everyone who reads them"

posted by someone with the apparent legal name "Community Minded".

CM should also re-read the comments if CM thinks all the posts were anti-bike.


Posted by Neighbor, a resident of Menlo Park: Sharon Heights
on Apr 26, 2012 at 4:20 pm

OK,here goes:
" who do not identify themselves", thank You Community minded, hypocrites as well as antagonists are well represented in the anonymous postings category I see.


"By the way, there were 22 meetings of the San Mateo County blue ribbon community"

There were just over 30 meetings in around 3 yrs,of the blue ribbon committee, formed by Dave Holland to attempt a bypass of the impasse in meeting some of the needs of the entire trails community(mt bikers) on SMCo Parks dirt trails.
When Mr Holland was promoted upstairs within SMCo gov staff a few months ago, no parks director was hired,parks was summarily folded into the public works dept and the blue ribbon committee was dissolved w no trails access for cyclists policies changing one iota.

"WHOA! was not a member of the San Mateo County blue ribbon committee," If you say that Ernst M+Rob K aren't members of WHOA, I believe you, and retract that claim(falsehood).

"In interest of completeness, MROSD accepts mountain bikes on the many thousands of acres around and above Woodside. You might visit their website to find some stunning trails to ride."
Web Link


All I'll say to that is,if we have it so good, I'll support trading access acreage with the equine community anytime.


Posted by POGO, a resident of Woodside: other
on Apr 26, 2012 at 6:17 pm

Community Minded -

My post was targeted equally to BOTH bike and horse enthusiasts.

Both sides have historically been equally intransigent and irrational about their hobbies. I suspect we are all, to some degree.


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